Metformin – the quick-acting oral medication has kidney disease sufferers puzzled on whether or not they should use the drug. Surprisingly, most individuals don’t have adequate knowledge of what kind of metformin would be considered safe and how many they could take on a daily basis.
What is Metformin & Is it Safe?
Metformin is a medication drug that reduces your blood sugar levels by improving the way your body manages insulin. It is generally prescribed for diabetes when diet and exercise alone have not been enough to control your high sugar levels.
It is indeed a very old drug for type 2 diabetes and is recognized as a first-line defense which generally means that it’s the first thing a medical doctor would prescribe to help with your diabetes.
Metformin was originally made from a herb back in the 17th century. With kidney disease, however, the adverse effects of metformin really depend on one’s underlying health conditions and the stage of kidney disease they’re at. It is crucial to consult with your doctor before taking metformin.
Over the last couple of years, research has uncovered enough evidence to change the course of the assumptions set on metformin and kidney disease. Metformin was extensively believed to cause Acidosis–a condition where acid starts to builds up in your kidneys which only makes your kidneys worse.
New research and science have changed the guidelines in the past years where people with a 30 or greater GFR were allowed to take it. This also depends on what stage of kidney disease you’re at as the earlier stages could be more compatible and in the later stages, your doctor may suggest you avoid it.
Additionally, metformin has been shown to be more adaptable for people with decent GFR. The main side-effect of consuming metformin is digestive issues. You may develop nausea, loose stools, diarrhea, etc.
Overall, it is a safer and better drug for type 2 diabetes. But, in regards to the renal diet, you should consult your doctor before taking any further steps.
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